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The BlinkenArea is a group of people, which devotes itself to the development and operation of blinking objects. The BlinkenArea was founded at the 2nd Chaos Communication Camp, where hacker with Arcade- and Blinkenlights-reproductions teamed up. But the sphere of activity does not only include building miniature editions of the original installations. The crew is growing steadily and in the meanwhile more than 40 hard- and software projects have been developed.

BlinkenArea @ ICMP2 BlinkenArea @ 20C3 BlinkenArea @ 21C3 BlinkenArea @ Camp 2003 BlinkenArea @ 22C3

At 22C3 there will be new projects in the BlinkenArea again. BlinkenBluetooth will gain interaction possibilities. BlinkenBluetooth is a project that combines Bluetooth and blinking objects. It is a joint project of Chaostal and BlinkenArea. If an active Bluetooth-device enters the Blinkenarea, an animated Bluetooth symbol will be shown on some of the blinking objects. Additionaly we are working on a feature, that will allow you to send vCards to the blinking objects via Obex Push. This text will be displayed as ticker. It will be possible to trigger precast animations with special keywords or Bluetooth-devices.

We'll provide some services this year, too. With your phone, you can play Pong, Retris, Snake, TickTackToe or Pacman. Movies may be started on demand. The BlinkenArea streams can be requested dynamically with BlinkenSim, BlinkenSimVb, aablinkensim, UdpPlayer, ArcadeListener or BlinkenPlayerExxtreme. If you are at the congress and do not have a phone, you can come and play on one of the 4 phones we will set up in the BlinkenArea for public use.

Because the BlinkenArea is very service-oriented, we will provide telephonical support during the congress and answer all your blinking questions around the clock. The BlinkenArea hotline is 2023. Before and after the congress, you can use our BlinkenArea-FAQ, our mailing list and our forum. You can also write us a mail any time.

Furthermore the BlinkenArea assists and work together with the POC, Chaostal, CongressTV and CongressRadio.

You can find the Blinkenarea in the central area at the ground floor of 22C3, called Art & Beauty.

If you want to participate or have any questions, please contact ST.

Some BlinkenArea projects: LittleLights, GEM, BlinkenLEDs, RotArcade, TroiaPrototype and ArcadeMaxi.
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Some BlinkenArea projects: LittleLights, GEM, BlinkenLEDs, RotArcade, TroiaPrototype and ArcadeMaxi.


BlinkenArea-Kits

Like last year, the BlinkenArea is offering kits for you to build your own blinking device. The following kits are being offered this time:

Kit Info
AntiKippenLights-Mini Includes already programmed microcontroller and a battery
BlinkenLEDs Pro (red) Includes cable to PC, switching power supply and 150 LEDs
BlinkenLEDs Pro (green) Includes cable to PC, switching power supply and 150 LEDs
BlinkenLEDs Pro (PCB) Only the circuit board!
fnordlicht Includes all needed parts for a fnordlicht and a programmed microcontroller
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